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Barbara Ward Children's Foundation


This award is funded by the Barbara Ward Children's Foundation, which is a small grant-making body that helps smaller, non-religious charities. Since its registration with the Charity Commission in December 2001 it has awarded grants of more than £8.4 million to more than 350 organisations.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the Foundation is to help small, non-religious charities to serve severely disadvantaged children anywhere in the world. In recent years, the Foundation has provided grants to organisations working on youth projects in the following categories:

  • Education.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Holidays.
  • Sport, play and leisure.
  • Support, care and respite.

Previous Success

Examples of previously funded groups include:

  • Asian Students Christian Trust
  • Bath Area Play Project
  • Brittle Bone Society
  • Cheshire Autism Practical Support
  • Disability Huntingdonshire
  • Families First St. Andrews
  • Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre
  • Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society
  • Mercia Therapy Centre
  • Peter Pan Nursery
  • Project Harar Ethiopia
  • Skipton Extended Learning for All
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK
  • St Cyril's Children & Youth Project

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.

As an example, in 2022 the Trustees received 337 new grant applications, of which 19 were approved with a total of £474,500 awarded.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities working to improve the lives of children and young people living in the UK and throughout the world may apply.

To be eligible, charities should be financially sound and should not be receiving funding from statutory bodies.


UK wide and international


Funding is not available for religious charities.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for the benefit of children who are seriously or terminally ill, disadvantaged, underprivileged or have special needs.

How To Apply

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Applications should be made in writing to the Trustees detailing the specific purpose for which the grant is requested and should be accompanied by a copy of the organisation's latest report and accounts.


For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:

The Barbara Ward Children's Foundation
c/o Weightmans LLP
100 Old Hall Street
L3 9QJ
Tel: 0345 073 9900
Email: info@bwcf.org.uk


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